Giovanni Rossi

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office  207 Haines Hall
Phone  310-267-4832

I research human language and gesture as a system of tools for social interaction. My interest is both in the universal features of the system grounded in the common infrastructure of human interaction and in its variable features driven by the local resources and norms of particular cultural and social settings


2015   PhD in Social Science, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics / Radboud University Nijmegen

2010   MA in Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen

2009  BA in Linguistics, University of Bologna


2018/7   Award for best dissertation in the field of conversation analysis (period 2014-2017) from the International Society for Conversation Analysis

Selected Publications

Rossi, G. (in press). Other-repetition in conversation across languages: bringing prosody into pragmatic typology. Language in Society.

Rossi, G. (in press). Systems of social action: the case of requesting in Italian. Oxford University Press.

Rossi, G. (2018). Composite social actions: the case of factual declaratives in everyday interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51(4), 379-397.

Floyd, S., Rossi, G., Baranova, J., Blythe, J. Dingemanse, M., Kendrick, K. H., Zinken, J., & Enfield, N. J. (2018). Universals and cultural diversity in the expression of gratitude. Royal Society Open Science, 5(5), 180391. ALTMETRIC, MEDIA RELEASE AND COVERAGE

Dingemanse, M., Rossi, G., & Floyd, S. (2017). Place reference in story beginnings: a cross-linguistic study of narrative and interactional affordances. Language in Society, 46(2), 129-158.

Zinken, J.& Rossi, G. (2016). Assistance and other forms of cooperative engagement. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 49(1), 20-26.

Rossi, G. & Zinken, J. (2016). Grammar and social agency: The pragmatics of impersonal deontic statements. Language, 92(4), e296-e325.

Floyd, S., Manrique, E., Rossi, G., & Torreira, F. (2016). Timing of visual bodily behavior in repair sequences: Evidence from three languages. Discourse Processes, 53(3), 175-204.

Dingemanse, M., Roberts, S. G., Baranova, J., Blythe, J., Drew, P., Floyd, S., Gisladottir, R. S., Kendrick, K. H., Levinson, S. C., Manrique, E., Rossi, G., & Enfield, N. J. (2015). Universal principles in the repair of communication problems. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0136100. ALTMETRIC, MEDIA RELEASE AND COVERAGE

Rossi, G. (2015). Responding to pre-requests: The organization of hai x ‘do you have x’ sequences in Italian. Journal of Pragmatics82, 5-22.

Rossi, G. (2014). When do people not use language to make requests? In P. Drew & E. Couper-Kuhlen (Eds.), Requesting in social interaction (pp. 303-334). John Benjamins.

Rossi, G. (2012). Bilateral and unilateral requests: The use of imperatives and Mi X? interrogatives in Italian. Discourse Processes, 49(5), 426-458.